‘Baldur’s Gate: Enhanced Edition’ Coming to Mac

Last week, it was revealed that the popular 1998 role-playing game, Baldur’s Gate, is being remade by the original maker Overhaul games. Overhaul Games’s new version will be called Baldur’s Gate: Enhanced Edition.

In addition, the company also announced that the new version will also be available for iPad and will be available in the summer of 2012. The company has now announced that the game will also be available for Mac in summer 2012 in the Mac App Store.

Baldur’s Gate: Enhanced Edition™ runs on an upgraded and improved version of the Infinity Engine. It includes the entire Baldur’s Gate adventure, the Tales of the Sword Coast expansion pack, and never before seen content including a new adventure and a new party member.

The company also reports that there will be many Mac OS X specific features “including widescreen and iCloud support”.

Download OS X Mountain Lion Developer Preview

Apple just released the newest version of their Mac OS X called Mountain Lion. The new version of Mac OS X contains several new features including several new features which already exist in iOS 5.

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Mac OS X Mountain Lion 10.8 also integrates with Apple’s iCloud allowing you to backup your data in the cloud. The OS is definitely exciting and includes new features such as Messages, Notes, Reminders, Game Center, Notification Center, Integration and more.

OS X Mountain Lion

If you are excited about this, you should go ahead and download OS X Mountain Lion 10.8 from the links provided below. Please note that users will require “Mac Developer Program access” in order to download the developer preview of OS X Mountain Lion.

OS X Mountain Lion is a developer preview and might be unstable. Regular users should stay away from the developer preview as it might cause system crashes and data loss. General public will be able to download or upgrade their Macs to the Mountain Lion later this summer.

Mac App Store Hits 100 Million Downloads

With the introduction of OS X Lion, Apple took the first step to get rid of boxed software. In OS X Lion, Apple introduced the Mac App Store, which allows customers to download apps in the same way as iOS. Search for the app, purchase, and it automatically installs. Yup, it is that simple. Sorry Windows users, you are left out in the dark once again. Luckily, Microsoft is playing the copy-cat game and will introduce an App Store in Windows 8….sometime next year.

App Store logo

Today, Apple revealed some mind blowing numbers regarding its App Stores (iOS and Mac). The biggest news is that the Mac App Store has passed 100 million downloads in less than a year. “In just three years the App Store changed how people get mobile apps, and now the Mac App Store is changing the traditional PC software industry,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. In fact, The Loop points out that these numbers don’t include Lion updates or downloads to other Macs.

In addition, Apple’s App Stores for iOS and the Mac have more than 500,000 applications available that have been downloaded more than 18 billion times. Users continue to download more than a billion applications per month. Can Google claim the same about its App Stores? Nope. Oh, and remember Amazon’s App Store? They haven’t released download numbers to date.

Apple’s press release also includes comments from a number of developers and companies who have found success with the Mac App Store. The entire press release can be read on Apple’s press release page.

Mac Sales Surge Despite Declining European PC Market

Apple’s doomed! Mac sales are doomed! PCs are winning, remember!? Ha! Well this report states quite the opposite. Today, a new report from Gartner  reveals an interesting fact about Q3 Mac sales in Europe.

The report reveals that despite double-digit declines in Western Europe’s PC market during the third quarter, Mac sales increased by 20%, which helped Apple to break into the top 5 vendors for unit shipments. You know what’s funny? Even though Apple’s not the number 1 vendor, the company is still making more money per Mac sold over PC vendors because Apple makes their own hardware and software.

In fact, Apple and ASUS were the only two major PC makers to show growth in Western Europe during Q3 2011  as the region’s overall sales fell 11.4% year-to-year. Shipments only reached 14.8 million units. That’s cool, but you know what’s even better?  Mac sales reached 947,000 units, growing by 19.6% from last year and claiming a 1.9% rise in overall market share. Holy cow! A 19.6% increase in Mac sales. Clearly, everyone wants a PC in Europe. Mac sales ended the quarter with 7.6% of the Western European PC market which includes the UK, France and Germany.

Last quarter, the region also saw a decline in mobile-PC sales by 12.6%.  Contrasting the decline was Apple, as the company’s MacBook sales increased by 28%, seeing growth in both the consumer and professional markets.

The share of mini-notebooks continues to decline, which contributed to the weak year-on-year comparison. Moreover, the consumer PC markets in Western Europe remained essentially weak, with consumer confidence permanently shaken by the economic issues spreading across most of the region,

I think Apple’s success in the mobile PC market (dang it Gartner! Give iPad its own category) can be attributed to the booming demand for non-PC products like the iPhone and iPad. It will be interesting to see how much quicker Mac sales will grow in the near future.

Halloween Apps, Wallpapers, Screensavers and Themes

Halloween is celebrated in many countries across the world. While many associate this holiday with ghosts, witches and goblins, a lot of us think it’s just a great time to get together and have fun. If you have a computer, tablet or smartphone, you might want to add something to it that helps you get into the fun Halloween mood. Below are some links to a few of our past Halloween articles and some new stuff as well.


If you enjoy using screensavers on your Mac or Windows computer, you’ll find a nice collection of Halloween screensavers at NewFreeScreenSavers. Here are some screenshots of these great free screensavers. You can download them on the Halloween page.

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Get Ready For Halloween with Halloween Android Apps  – also with wallpapers, themes, and ringtones.

Halloween Theme for Nokia and Symbian Smartphones

Top 5 Halloween Apps For iPhone/iPad

Computer Wallpapers

Download High Quality Halloween Wallpapers – for the PC, Mac and Linux

High Quality Halloween Wallpapers For Your Desktop or Mac


25 Places to Get Creepy Halloween Wallpapers

Web Browsers

Halloween Personas for Firefox  (themes)

Phantom of the Opera: Special Edition Opera Browser for Halloween

Apps, Themes and Extensions for Google Chrome Browser

Even More …

We have even more stuff for you to look over. Just follow this link to a Halloween search of Techie-Buzz.





New Fake Adobe Flash Malware Disables Apple’s Malware Updates

According to security researchers at F-Secure, a new variant of an existing Trojan Horse posing as a legitimate Flash Player installer (named Flashback.C by F-Secure) is designed to disable updates to the default Mac OS X anti- malware protection system, potentially leaving the system open to the manual installation of other malware without any system warnings.

A Trojan horse works by fooling you into running it; in this case, Flashback disguises itself as an installer package for Flash Player. This Trojan horse is potentially capable of disabling XProtectUpdater-auto-update component of Apple’s built-in XProtect anti-malware application by overwriting the system binary that checks for updates.

Screenshot of the Trojan-Downloader:OSX/Flashback.C installer

Once installed, Flashback.C first checks to see if the user is running “Little Snitch,” a firewall program that could alert the user of its actions. If it is found to be installed, the trojan deletes itself. If it doesn’t find Little Snitch, the malware then tries to connect to a remote host in order to obtain other installation files and configurations. F-Secure notes that “the remote host is up but it does not [yet] push anything.” If and when the site becomes active, it could deliver a payload that the trojan could use to disable the system’s auto-updater, using Safari or Firefox to deliver the malicious code via an LSEnvironment variable that loads when the browser restarts. The local system would be unable to obtain the latest anti-malware definitions and could subsequently be infected by other malicious programs the user installs without seeing the warnings that Mac OS X’s XProtect feature is designed to present.

If you fear that you might have been infected, you can see removal instructions given by F-Secure here. Also, always download software from original company websites to remain protected from Trojan horses like this. Read our tips to keep your computer Safe and Secure here.

Credits: Apple Insider

Apple Hits New High in US Customer Satisfaction

A new report from the American Customer Satisfication Index (ACSI) reveals that Apple has once again topped the index for PC, making it eight years in a row that consumers have been most satisfed with Apple.  Apple’s score this year was up 1 percent to 87, putting the company ahead of competitors by nearly 9 points. The average score in the personal computer business was tracked at 78 points on the 0-to-100 scale.

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In addition, the ACSI said that Apple’s computer satisfaction appears to be “unstoppable”. Competing PC makers topped out in 2011 with scores in 70, with HP being the highest at 78.  “In the eight years that Apple has led the PC industry in customer satisfaction, its stock price has increased by 2,300%,” said Claes Fornell, ACSI founder.    “Apple’s winning combination of innovation and product diversification—including spinning off technologies into entirely new directions—has kept the company consistently at the leading edge.”

The data for the report comes from  interviews with about 70,000 customers rating more than 225 companies in 47 industries and 10 economic sectors.

Wait a minute! How on earth is a a company that’s known to be “evil”, doesn’t dominate in marketshare, and isn’t “OPEN” has the most number of satisfied customers eight years in a row? Unreal.

Rumor: Apple is Building iMessage into OS X Lion’s iChat

iOS iMessageThis year at WWDC, Apple unveiled a new service called “iMessage”. iMessage is a a unified messaging service for iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch that allows users to send text and multimedia messages over Wi-Fi and 3G with read and delivery receipts and real-time typing indication. It is also  one of the major new features of the upcoming iOS 5 update. Currently, iMessage is not integrated into iChat.

A developer has discovered strings of code for “timeDelivered” and “timeRead”, which has led MacRumors to speculate that Apple could eventually bring support for its iMessage protocol to iChat.

Buried in the framework of OS X Lion’s iChat, are two new properties (highlighted below):

@interface IMMessage : NSObject
IMHandle *_sender;
IMHandle *_subject;
NSAttributedString *_text;
NSString *_plainBody;
NSDate *_time;
NSDate  *_timeDelivered;
NSDate  *_timeRead;

According to MacRumors, the “timeDelivered” and “timeRead’ fields indicate the tracking of delivery and read receipts for instant messages. Currently, these  features are not supported in any of iChat’s native messaging protocols, while the same features are offered in Apple’s iMessage protocol. In addition, these properties were not present in  previous versions of iChat prior to OS X Lion.

We believe the only reason Apple would have added these properties was to build in cross compatibility with their new iMessage protocol.

Apple is expected to release iOS 5 this fall. In addition, Apple is expected to send out invites for an upcoming fall event soon.

Apple on Track to Sell Record 4.5m Macs This Quarter

According to a new  report from analyst Gene Munster and Piper Jaffray says that the latest data from NPD suggests that Apple will sell between 4.4 million or 4.6 million Macs in the September quarter.  His figures are based on NPD’s U.S. data, which increased Mac sales up 22 percent in July and August.

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Munster said that Mac sales in August benefitted from a  month of Mac OS X Lion being available, after its launch in July.    In addition, Mac sales were also up due to the newly refreshed MacBook Air and Mac mini models. He also estimates that the MacBook Air will represent between 10-20 percent of total Mac units in the September quarter.

Wall Street expects Apple to sell about 4.5 million Macs this quarter, which Munster said aligns with the latest domestic NPD data.  Apple’s current quarterly record for Mac sales was set in the  holiday quarter  last year with 4.13 million Macs sold. Also,  Wall Street expects Apple to report sales of about 7 million iPods, which would mean the company is trying to beat estimates on its portable media players.

NPD has also reported iPod sales down by 16% year-over-year for the first two months of the quarter.

Mac OS X Install Base Grows to over 6% Worldwide, 13% in the US

New data from NetMarketShare reveals that Mac OS X has been steadily growing the global charge. In May, OS X’s share rose from 5.6% to 5.67% and 5.96% in June and July, separately. By the end of the last month, it had reached 6.03% worldwide and 13.42% in the US.

In the meantime, combined versions of Microsoft’s Windows OS continued to lead the worldwide market with a 92.90% share at the end of August. Linux had 1.07% putting it in third place.

Apple’s latest desktop operating system, OS X Lion, already accounts for 1.03% share  of the overall market compared to 1.17% for Leopard and 3.46% for Snow Leopard. These figures are based on a sample of 160 million internet visitors that Net Applications says it tracks. In addition, Leopard and Snow Leopard’s marketshare dropped from 1.24% and 4% as users upgraded to Lion. Mac OS X’s combined share still rose still rose from 5.96% to 6.03% due to the sales of the new Mac models.

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Lion’s adoption among consumers has significantly improved when compared with the Snow Leopard upgrade.  The latter claimed just 0.78% share after its first month and passed 1% only during its second month of sales, despite being priced, like Lion, at $29.99.

A day after Apple released OS X Lion, the company announced that it had sold 1 million copies of the software,  making it the most successful operating system launch in its history.